Students put questions to the PM
THREE Waroona students got the chance to ask questions of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his visit to WA in late July.
During the Prime Minister’s visit a youth forum was held in Rockingham and students from the Peel region were able to ask him about issues important to them.
Waroona District High School Year 10 students Ethan Jenkinson and Arkaydia Rose Perkin and Year 7 student Evie Hornby attended on behalf of their school after writing a paragraph on why they wanted to attend and what they would ask the Prime Minister. After Mr Turnbull spoke for a short while, eight of the students were invited to ask him a question, of which two were from Waroona.
Evie and Arkaydia asked Mr Turnbull about legalising gay marriage and banning plastic bags in WA.
School student services manager Robyn Garwood said to have two students from the school chosen was a big boost to the students’ self-confidence.
“It was a great opportunity to feel important,” she said.
“It was a good opportunity for inspiring them and to realise their value.” During the photograph session with Mr Turnbull, Ethan asked the Prime Minister about his views on fracking in the South West, which Ms Garwood said gave the students a lot to talk about on the way home.
“It generated a lot conversation for the three of them,” he said.
Ms Garwood said the students then gave a report to the school to share their experiences with other students.
“It’s not just an isolated incident they get to share the experience too,” he said.
Waroona District High School Year 10 student Ethan Jenkinson, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Evie Hornby, Year 7, Arkaydia Rose Perkin, Year 10, and Canning MHR Andrew Hastie pause for a photograph after the youth forum.